Tobacco-Free Alaska > E-Cigarettes: Not Harmless. Not Healthy
Protect our Kids
In 2013, 14 million kids saw ads for electronic cigarettes on TV, 9.5 million saw them in print.
-American Legacy Foundation
The Facts About E-Cigarettes
What They Are: Background on E-Cigarettes
E-cigarettes—also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), e-hookahs, hookah pens, vape pens, vaporizers, e-cigars, and e-pipes—allow users to inhale a heated aerosol containing nicotine and other substances1, an activity commonly referred to as “vaping.”
- • There are more than 450 different brands of e-cigarettes on the market today, and e-cigarettes come in over 7,500 different flavors.
- • Several brands are owned by major tobacco companies, such as Mark Ten (Altria), “blu” (Imperial Tobacco) and “Vuse” (Reynolds American).
Alaska E-Cigarette Use
E-cigarette use in Alaska is higher among youth (18%) than smoking (11%) and has grown significantly among adults.
- • Among Alaska adults, the prevalence of e-cigarette use has grown significantly from less than 1% in 2010 to 7% in 2014.
- • In Alaska, the prevalence of e-cigarette use is higher among high school students, with 18% reporting current use of e-cigarettes in 2015.
There are no long-term studies on exposure to these products, including their solutions, cartridges or flavors. Even absent health outcome data, the known contents of the aerosols do pose a threat to indoor air.
Under current Alaska state law, electronic-cigarettes may only
be sold or given to Alaskans who are over the age of 19. For more information
on the law (AS 11.76.109), please visit: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/statutes.asp#11.76.109
FDA Proposed Regulation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
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E-Cig Media Resources